What will save L.A. restaurants?

A photo illustration to accompany Stephanie Breijo's piece about the economic state of restaurants in LA.
(Photo illustration by Holly Andres / For The Times; Styling by Sarah Baker / For The Times)

The industry is facing a crisis in a tumultuous year of new legislation, inflation, higher wages and pandemic fallout. Chefs and owners are worried for the future of mom-and-pop restaurants.

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